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CHEW Lab: Coalition for Healthy and Equitable Workplaces

Graduate Students

Current graduate students pursuing their Ph.D. include:
Chris Christopher Austin is a 5th year I/O Psychology graduate student at Washington State University Vancouver. His research attempts to integrate two commonly separate areas of I/O research, utilizing topics from both the diversity and occupational health and safety sub-disciplines. His current research centers on threats to occupational health and safety among vulnerable populations (primarily focusing on minority workers). Furthermore, his research also focuses on how the maintenance of a stigmatized identity (i.e. concealable, visibly dynamic, and fully visible stigmas) influences perceptions of and reactions to economic stress and job insecurity (i.e. threatening worker’s health and safety).

Linz Lindsey M. Lavaysse is a 5th year graduate student of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Washington State University Vancouver. Her research focuses on threats to occupational health and safety among vulnerable populations (e.g. pregnant, minority, contingent workers). She is also interested in outcomes of economic stress such as job insecurity, as well as how stereotypes and prejudice jeopardize workers’ health and safety. Her applied work focuses on executive coaching. Specifically, her work includes 360° feedback reports, creation of board of directors talent profiles and succession planning.

Sean Sean Rice is a 5th year Experimental Psychology graduate student at Washington State University Vancouver. His research focuses on applying advanced statistical techniques to evaluate measurement equivalence across cultural contexts, over time, and other sub-groups. His interests also include applying psychometrics to positive psychological research, such as assessing the various scales, measurement models, and structural pathways of well-being.

 
Erica Erica L. Bettac is a 3rd year Industrial/Organizational Psychology graduate student at Washington State University Vancouver. Her research interests encompass the occupational health-related areas of work/life and work/family balance, employee well-being, and performance. Specifically, she is interested in the interaction between these constructs and cross-cultural research, particularly focusing upon countries with differing health care systems and working cultures, as well as among individuals in alternative working arrangements (i.e., self-employment).

Melissa Melissa R. Jenkins, M.S. is a 3rd year Industrial and Organizational Psychology graduate student at Washington State University Vancouver. Her research centers around examining the role that an organizational climate of inclusion plays in how economic stressors, such as job insecurity or underemployment, impact employee work and health-related outcomes. As a lover of statistics, Melissa has also been teaching or assisting with teaching introductory statistics for nearly five years. When she’s is not working on research or teaching, Melissa can be found outside enjoying the local arts and culture in the picturesque Pacific Northwest.

Andrea Andrea Bazzoli is a 1st year experimental psychology graduate student at Washington State University Vancouver. His research interests include job insecurity, safety and proactivity in organizations, and statistics. By using a mix of advanced statistical techniques and qualitative research tools, Andrea’s research attempts to understand the subjective experience of feeling job insecure (e.g., cognitive appraisals, job identity correlates, etc.), the multilevel implications of safety climate in organizations, and the determinants of safety proactivity.

Hyun Jung Lee is a 1st year experimental psychology graduate student at Washington State University Vancouver.

Graduates of my research lab have gone on to become successful academicians, scientists and practitioners. Below lists their first position upon graduation.

Student Year of Graduation Position
Nicole Nelson 2001, Ph.D. Researcher, Federal Aviation Administration
Jeremiah Brown 2007, M.S. Recruitment Consultant, Legacy Health Systems
Maja Graso 2011, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Zayed University (Dubai)
Wendi Benson 2013, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Nevada State College
Lixin Jiang 2013, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Jesse Byrd 2016, M.S. Occupational Health Research Psychologist, Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP), WA State Department of Labor and Industries
Nicholas J. Gailey 2016, M.S. In Memoriam 1983-2018
Jason Potwora 2017, Ph.D. People Analytics, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories